Missing Poway Teen's Parents: 'Be Strong Baby'

Poway teen Chelsea King went for a run and never returned home

By Michelle Wayland
|  Monday, Mar 8, 2010  |  Updated 7:59 AM PDT
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Major Search Efforts for Missing Poway Teen

Chelsea King may have been abducted.

Missing Teen May Have Been Abducted: FBI

Her cell phone was found inside the car along with her school clothes, which leads investigators to think she was in running clothes when she disappeared.
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Chelsea King’s parents overlooked Lake Hodges Sunday as they were briefed on the search efforts below and possible theories into their daughter's disappearance. But after three full days, there are still so many questions and so few solid leads.

Close friends and classmates of the 17-year-old said their lives have taken a backseat to school and sports. They're part of a growing volunteer effort centered at Rancho Bernardo Business Park.

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One after another people arrived Sunday to sign up, get instructions and then head to canvass a new neighborhood.

The same process was so chaotic Saturday that some volunteers were turned away. But, now it's a fine tuned process and more help is needed. For those not old enough to search -- they're tying blue ribbons along busy streets for Chelsea.

Chelsea’s mother is overcome with emotion and gratitude and thanked everyone who’s helping.

“My heart is overflowing with all the support and all the love and there's no word for it,” Kelly King said.

Chelsea’s parents have a message for their missing daughter.

“Be strong, be strong. Come home. Be strong baby, we’re going to get you.”

The family says they are taking it minute by minute, having hope and faith in Chelsea who they say has such a forward view of life, she puts little sayings on post-it notes to remind her of who she is and what she wants to be.

“I took one off the bathroom,” her father said holding up a post-it note. “It's from Virgil and it says ‘they can because they think they can.’ We think we can bring her back we need to go find her,” Brent King said.

Hundreds of volunteers are ready to do just that -- a tribute, her parents say, to the kind of kid Chelsea is and the kind of community they have.

“Let's turn this into an event that is a positive thing where we can let everyone know we want Chelsea home. Thank you all for your time, and your energy,” he said.

There, helping to organize search teams was Maurice Dubois, the father of Amber, missing for more than a year now.

“Trying not to go there with it,” he said. “We're here for Chelsea. Here to find her bring her home.”

Also there to help -- complete strangers.

“I have children I can't imagine what family is going through,” volunteer Jill Feringa said.

King, 17, went for a run about 2 p.m. Thursday at Rancho Bernardo Community Park. When it got dark and her parents hadn't heard from her, they became worried and called police.

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the Chelsea ‘s whereabouts. The FBI is now involved in the case, looking into the possibility that Chelsea may have been abducted. Investigators have taken Chelsea’s computer and cell phone into custody, according to Sheriff Bill Gore.

“The more we search, the more areas we can eliminate. But until we find Chelsea, no, we’re not going to stop. We’re not happy,” Sheriff Bill Gore. “We’re looking for any physical evidence tha might be in the area, that might give us a clue on who might have took her or what might have happened to her,” Gore said.

Chelsea is described as having strawberry blonde hair, blue eyes; she’s about 5 foot 5 inches tall and weighs 115 pounds. If you have any information regarding her whereabouts, please contact investigators.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts should contact the Sheriffs Department at (858) 565-5200.

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